EoM Presents: A Conversation with “Sisu” writer/director Jalmari Helander.

EoM senior interviewer Thomas Manning recently had the chance to interview writer and director Jalmari Helander in a discussion about Sisu, the wickedly entertaining action drama which follows a Finnish gold prospector’s quest for vengeance against a squad of Nazis.


Jorma Tommila as Aatami Korpi in SISU. Photo Credit: ©Freezing Point Oy, photographer Antti Rastivo.

During the conversation, Helander speaks about developing the action set pieces and collaborating with a long-time friend on the explosive special effects.

If you prefer an audio version, you can listen to the full interview here:

Official Synopsis:

During the last desperate days of WWII, a solitary prospector (Jorma Tommila) crosses paths with Nazis on a scorched-earth retreat in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover that they have just tangled with no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu”, this legendary ex-commando will embody what sisu means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. And no matter what the Nazis throw at him, the one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back – even if it means killing every last Nazi in his path.

In theaters April 28th, 2023.

For more information, head to the official Lionsgate Sisu webpage.


Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.

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  1. “Sisu” is a ferocious mindset turned into a blood-splattered actionfest that’ll delight on almost every possible level. – Elements of Madness

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